Coping with children's fears has long been a challenge to parents, and the authors deal directly and practically with the subject. Following opening chapters on understanding and identifying a child's fear and some overall guidelines on teaching basic relaxation techniques, the authors introduce their basic plan for overcoming fear through imagination, information, observation, and exposure. Subsequent chapters apply these four techniques to specific fears, including fear of separation, animals, storms, and transportation, as well as fear of school, medicine, and death. Chapters are very specific in suggestions for helping children, and include lists of children's books, suggestions for ``positive self-talk,'' and more. Finally, the authors offer guidelines for seeking further help if the fear does not subside. Recommended for parenting collections.-- Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, Md.
Here is a clear presentation of many common and atypical fears children face along with practical solutions for parents and teachers. The authors teach relaxation techniques and methods for overcoming specific fears, such as a fear of animals, snakes, family separations, storms, car travel, doctor visits, or school. They delineate three vital methods to ease fears: observation, exposure, and information (a few children's books are cited at the end of each section to help with the latter approach). This essential book will teach adults that understanding, not "the stiff upper lip," is always the best approach.